Chris Maza is a writer based out of the Greater Springfield area in Massachusetts.
After spending the bulk of his career in the field of sports journalism, Chris expanded his professional experience to the news side of journalism, joining Reminder Publications as an assistant editor. In four years in that position before being promoted, he was part of an editorial team that received an award from the Independent Free Newspapers of America (IFPA) for its coverage of the June 1, 2011, tornado that hit Western Massachusetts and received two other awards: second place nationally for coverage of a former Massachusetts House of Representatives hopeful’s voter fraud scandal that resulted in jail time, and third place for a piece on allegations of child sexual abuse levied against the former owner of a local professional hockey franchise. As the assistant managing editor, he also oversaw the publication that received the IFPA’s award for general excellence in 2017.
While he has since moved on from The Reminder, he still maintains a professional relationship with the company as a freelance writer, covering local news, as well as the craft beer, wine, and spirits scene in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. In addition to this blog, he also manages Beer England Patriot, a blog devoted primarily to Massachusetts-based craft beer.
Chris earned an Associate’s Degree with a concentration in Communications from Holyoke Community College, where he also was instrumental in re-establishing the student newspaper, the Phoenix, holding the positions of sports writer, sports editor, managing editor, and co-editor-in-chief. In 2003, the Phoenix competed in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Newspaper of the Year competition, earning an honorable mention in the two-year college division against newspapers with budgets ten times larger.
He then went on to become the assistant sports editor of the Bennington Banner in Bennington, Vt., where he covered the New England champion Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team and presented an award at the Vermont Sportwriters and Sportscasters Association Athlete of the Year awards banquet.
He also held the position of staff sports writer in North-Central Massachusetts newspaper the Sentinel and Enterprise and has also had long-standing professional relationships with the Springfield (Mass.) Republican and its online partner Masslive.com, as well as the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass. and the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.
He has also worked with sports websites, such as the New England Sports Journal as a contributor and later managing editor, CoachesAid.com as a regional high school sports correspondent and A10CollegeHoops.com as a University of Massachusetts men’s basketball writer, among others.